What to do and where to go
Belfast is well known as a friendly and inviting city and this also extends to the LGBTQ community. Belfast Pride is huge with up to 50,000 people attending the festival and this year is no exception.
The Pride parade takes place on Saturday 5th August 2017 – with the Pride Festival taking place across 10 days, from Friday 28th July to Sunday 6th August 2017.
There’s a wide range of events taking place across the city and more information is available at the following: http://www.belfastpride.com/
Belfast has a well established and thriving LGBT scene and most LGBT ‘friendly’ bars, clubs and restaurants are located close together in the city centre.
Probably the most well known LGBTQ venue in Belfast. It’s recognised as the first gay owned and run bar in Northern Ireland. There’s something for everyone here; cocktail bar, club and themed nights with drinks promotions. The Kremlin App is really useful in keeping up to date with what’s on. http://www.kremlin-belfast.com
Brilliant music, great atmosphere and a range of shows and acts on. Open 7 nights a week, you’ll enjoy live music, DJ’s, cabaret and great drinks promotions. It’s usually free admission too! Check out their Facebook page for details.
Union Street Bar
You can pop in for a quiet drink and good food during the day, yet Union Street is well known as a lively venue at night. Sunday nights are famous for the ‘Sunday Bingo Show’ – popular with hens and groups of friends. The rooftop cocktail bar here is fabulous with great food, atmosphere and a wide range of cocktails.
The Shoe Factory (at Union Street Bar)
Different themed nights run in the club. You can find either men or women only nights. For more info and details have a look at their website. http://www.unionstreetbar.com
Muriel’s Café Bar
Situated in Church Lane close to Victoria Square this place is an absolute must! Styled with a boudoir feel to reflect its rumoured past as a brothel and once hat shop, the bar has an appealing old-fashioned charm with gay friendly trendy types making this place one of the best venues in Belfast. From those who brought us The Spaniard.
Restaurant wise, in St Anne’s Square, you’ll find a wide range of places to eat.
Given its close proximity to the well known LGBTQ bars and clubs, is a good starting place for food. You’ll find restaurants here that cater for every taste and price range– St Anne’s Square has a very European feel with lots of outside eating areas and hustle and bustle, especially at weekends.
Belfast has so much on offer – if you’re new to the city, stick to the well known bars, clubs and restaurants around the Cathedral Quarter and you’ll have a brilliant time!